This morning I woke up with a feeling of excitement for the many new projects I’m working on for Jess LC. And at the same time, I also had a knot of dread bigger than an Ann Sather’s cinnamon roll in my stomach.
You see, we have been in the process of getting our new Quincy iPad 2 cases (which were featured yesterday on the Glitter Guide!) made for quite some time. Because we switched to a new supplier and the supplier and I decided to make improvements to the inner-workings of the case, this next batch of cases is taking a bit longer than first expected (I did recently adjust the estimated ship time to be within the window of this week, but the current ship date is still at the tail end of that estimate).
The dread I felt in my stomach this morning was due to the fact that I knew I needed to email the 38 people who are anxiously awaiting their new amazeballs cases and let them know that it’s going to be just a few more days until the manufacturer thinks they will be completed. Though I know that I cannot affect the completion date – that is all decided in the production team at the small Chicago factory – I am ultimately the only person the customers can talk to.
And so, I was worried and apprehensive that the customers who have up to this point been extremely happy, satisfied, and excited, might suddenly hate me for the Friday ship date that the manufacturer has now said is most likely.
But then, while working out this morning while listening to J. Meyer, I had a breakthrough.
I was expecting the worst of people, rather than the best.
In her show this morning, she mentioned that “love believes the best of people” and I was already expecting (read: fearing) the worst.
From that aha moment on, I was huffing and puffing “love believes the best of people” the rest of my elliptical workout.
Feel free to go ahead and laugh at that image in your mind, it’s fine with me.
But regardless of the funny scenario, I think the overall point is something we all can keep in mind when we find ourselves pre-disposed to expecting the worst of people in our lives. Instead of that negative foregone conclusion which manifests in worry and fear, we can approach new situations with positive expectations and give the people we interact with the benefit of the doubt that they are indeed, wonderful people.
They deserve it.